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Activating Social Capital: Parents’ Ways of Getting Involved in Their Children’s Education

Author(s) Bouakaz, L.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper presents the accounts of a supplementary school which children attended alongside their regular school education in an urban school area in the town of Malmo, Sweden. This was arranged by a group of Arabic speaking parents, and the paper describes their aims, logic, means and methods. The major aims of the supplementary school activities were to support their children and help them in their schoolwork, to protect their cultural heritage and language. They also want to prevent their children from being influenced by “the culture of the street”. For the mothers and fathers involved in it, the supplementary school activities represented a sort of symbolic capital in which various other forms of capital were invested, especially social and cultural capital.

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